What the FSC label means
Non-profit monitors entire Chain of Custody
The Forest Stewardship Council was established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation.
A product bearing the FSC seal originates from a well-managed forest. To ensure that the forest management meets the FSC principles and criteria, independent certifying bodies inspect the forests. They not only inspect the management plans, but also perform onsite audits, ensuring that FSC’s principles and criteria are being complied with.
The entire Chain of Custody (CoC) is monitored, from forest to end product. Every firm in the chain is inspected to ensure that the FSC certified timber is not being exchanged for other, non-certified sources. This ensures the consumer that a purchase of FSC certified timber is indeed coming from a responsibly managed forest. The input and output flows of FSC timber must also match.
To find an FSC-certified manufacturer or distributor, check the FSC products database at www.fsc-info.org.